MON. 18th FEB., 2019


TEXT: HEB. 10:32-39
32. But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; 33. Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. 34. For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. 35. Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. 36. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 37. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. 38. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

Endurance is one of the virtues every child of God is expected to possess. This is because endurance characterized the lives of those whose footsteps we as Christians follow today. Those people include the patriarchs, the prophets and the apostles, even the early Church fathers. Our Lord and Master had to endure greatly for our sake in order to pay the great prize of redeeming mankind. In fact, He is our perfect example. Endurance, perseverance, longsuffering or patience has been described as one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22).

Job was one of the Bible characters known to have endured a great deal. This was divinely orchestrated to teach every child of God that the heavenly race is not a bed of roses. The interesting aspect of the story of Job was that he overcame the temptations from the devil, his wife and friends and emerged victorious. God enabled him to recover more than all he lost at the end of the day (Job 42).

The church of Jesus Christ today is facing lots of turbulent situations the world over. Nigeria as a nation, in recent years has been hit by myriads of unpleasant experiences that have challenged the faith of believers. It appears from every indication that we are in a period of temptations, trials and persecutions. Many churches have been destroyed and Christians killed, tortured and maimed. Many have had their rights denied them. Many were imprisoned for their faith, and others lost their property; the list is unending. But there is hope. This hope lies in the outcome of our victory if we endure to the end.

In today’s reading we are admonished to keep our hopes alive in Christ. He Himself received insults, rejection, opposition and suffering; yet He endured to the end and was crowned the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He received a name that is above every other name and that at the mention of His name every knee must bow (Phil 2:5-11). What a great glory! What a great reward!

It may look as if you have been abandoned or forsaken because of your faith. NO! Exercise more patience, for He who will come must surely come. He will not delay (Heb. 10:37). Your reward awaits you. Do not disappoint the Master. He will give you the strength to endure to the end, Amen.
1: MY faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Saviour divine:
Now hear me while I pray;
Take all my guilt away;
O let me from this day
Be wholly Thine.

2: May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire;
As Thou hast died for me,
O may my love to Thee
Pure warm, and changeless be,
A living fire.

3: While life’s dark maze I tread,
And griefs around me spread,
Be Thou my guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
From Thee aside.

4: When ends life’s transient dream,
When death’s cold, sullen stream
Shall o’er me roll,
Blest saviour, then, in love,
Fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above,
A ransomed soul. Amen.

MEMORY VERSE: Hebrews 10:36 “For you need endurance so that, having done the will of God, you may receive the promise.”

Dear Lord, grant us the power to overcome evil and endure to the end in Jesus’ name. Amen

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